A Louisiana family is now mourning the loss of their beloved family members. While the official cause of the wreck has not been released, the initial reports suggest that a negligent driver was responsible. The horrific accident claimed the life of three people.
In addition to its supreme culinary fare, New Orleans is famous for its local festivals, parades and other cultural fun. It's a town where a typical panoramic view would likely include many pedestrians milling about sidewalks and crossing streets on their ways to various venues. It doesn't really matter what time of day or night it is, for Louisiana social life in this town never seems to end.
Though automotive insurance costs remained fairly steady for several years after the economic downturn in 2008, the rates have recently started to climb. While there are several reasons for the increases, one of the most cited factors is the increased occurrences of distracted driving accidents. Louisiana drivers are experiencing some of the sharpest rises in both costs and wrecks.
The Endymion Parade in New Orleans is one of the last celebrations that take place right before the Christian season of Lent. It is also a family oriented parade which attracts many watchers with children. It was likely a horrifying scene when a suspected drunk driver plowed into a large crowd enjoying the colorful spectacle.
Being injured in an accident is traumatizing enough. However, when it appears that an allegedly negligent driver is not held accountable for causing those injuries, then frustration may make the situation seem worse. Even if the criminal justice system does not apply in some circumstances, a Louisiana victim may still evaluate the merits of filing a civil suit against a driver who may be responsible for injuries and the resulting medical expenses.
All too often, lives are taken when motor vehicle operators don't take proper care to ensure the safety of themselves, their passengers and those with whom they share the road. Apparently, this happened again on Feb.16 when a seemingly negligent driver struck and killed a bicyclist on Nine Mile Point Road in Jefferson Parish. The driver, a 20-year-old Louisiana man, has been charged with hit and run causing death or serious injury and negligent homicide.
Louisiana, like many other states, has a "move over" law in effect. All motorists are required to move into another lane, if it's possible, or to at least slow down when approaching an emergency vehicle along the shoulder of a roadway. Unfortunately, the consequences of not obeying this law can result in a fatal accident.
When unexpected or premature death is caused by the negligence of others, it may constitute what the law refers to as a wrongful death. If for example, a vehicle driver is reckless or is indifferent to traffic laws and causes an accident that results in the death of another person, that tragic result could be considered a wrongful death. A Louisiana woman was recently involved in a hit-and-run accident that caused a pedestrian his life.
When identifying those things that car or truck drivers do that place a motorcyclist in danger, the left-hand turn is often cited by motorcycle operators as their biggest fear. Due to limited reaction time, left turn accidents where a driver turns into the path of an oncoming motorbike often lead to injury or death because the motorcycle operator cannot avoid colliding with the vehicle. A Louisiana resident lost his life this week when this scenario played out for real on the streets of Marrero.
When operating a motor vehicle, a safe arrival is primarily dependent on the proper vehicle operation by all drivers who share the road. By incorporating such things as defensive driving, eliminating distractions, and obeying traffic signs and signals, accidents can be reduced or eliminated. But drivers in one Louisiana town claim that no matter how cautious they are, dangerous left-hand turns are resulting in car accidents that are putting their lives at risk.
The vulnerability of a motorcyclist traveling on Louisiana highways cannot be overstated. Safety training, defensive driving, and utilizing safety equipment can all help keep a motorcycle operator safe, but the fact remains that when motorcycle accidents occur, the results can be catastrophic. Such was the case recently in Denham Springs when a man lost his life after a collision with a car.
Pedestrians often take precautions to help ensure their safety. From wearing reflective clothing or carrying a flashlight at night to following pedestrian signals at intersections, a person can help reduce the chances of being injured or killed by a vehicle. However, the reality is that pedestrian accidents, especially in Louisiana, are all too real and are happening more and more each year.